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The Virtual Memorial
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What’s a Virtual Memorial?
Virtual memorials, also called “digital memorials,” are online obituaries intended to honor the deceased, mourn their loss, preserve their memory, interact with those who knew them, and introduce them to those who didn’t. These digital tributes usually include a text obituary and multiple photos, plus mementos, video, and music or other audio. Virtual memorials are often prepared well after death and tend to be longer than online obituaries. Unlike many print obituaries, virtual memorials are put together not by mortuary or newspaper staff using a depressing template, but by family members or close friends, or by obituees themselves in preparation for their own respective deaths.
What’s the difference between an online obituary and a virtual memorial?
Any remaining distinction between online obituaries and virtual memorials is quickly fading, though, as even the simplest online obituaries continue to integrate more multimedia features and options. Nearly all online obituary sites now offer—at the very least—social media sharing, a guest book, and optional video uploads. Click the tabs below for more about the elements that make up a digital memorial.